The Strays

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After the initial jitters, I found it exceedingly easy to tell what kind of person Nazir was. Whilst living out in the wilderness, he had somehow attracted a stray cat, a bipolar wanderer and a straying wife. Once I saw my place in that cast of characters, I knew exactly who he was and more alarmingly, who I had become. He…

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The Ones Who Don’t Look Away

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I stood outside the trailer with my eyes closed, the sun warming my forehead delightfully. There was no hint of smoke, fumes or odours in the air; it smelled of dried leaves, soil, and wet bark. It smelled like nature thriving. I listened to the birds calling in the trees and tried to identify them in my mind. It was…

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The Day I Went to His Place

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Dried leaves crumbled under my feet as I paced back and forth in the parking lot. Nazir was some distance away conversing at length with the mechanic, leaving me with nothing to do besides watching slats of sunlight pour through a yellow fever tree. It had taken them twenty minutes to work out that the crankshaft sensor was faulty. Once…

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The Day the Cruiser Broke Down

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It was late September when Nazir and I met. I was touring with an American group from Idaho when my cruiser lurched and stalled. We were on the tail end of a tour to Ol Pejeta Conservancy, or what we fondly call the Kifaru leg, because the last northern white rhinos in the world are the main attractions in that…

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The Day of the Storm

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The air had been thick with heat that morning. It was the week after Easter Sunday and I had just returned from a trip to Tsavo. I had just three days to rest before heading out on the next safari. That weekend, I would be guiding a Canadian tour group around Mt. Longonot and Lake Naivasha. The roads had been…

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7 Feel Good Romance Novels That Make The Perfect Escape

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Room Maid by Sariah Wilson Madison Huntington is determined to live her dreams. That means getting out from under her family’s wealth and influence by saying no to the family business, her allowance, and her home. But on a teacher’s salary, the real world comes as a rude awakening—especially when she wakes up every morning on a colleague’s couch. To get a…

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8 Romance Books To Make You All Warm & Fuzzy Inside

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Happy Place by Emily Henry Harriet and Wyn have been the perfect couple since they met in college. Except, now—for reasons they’re still not discussing—they don’t. They broke up five months ago. And still haven’t told their best friends. This is how they find themselves sharing a bedroom at the Maine cottage that has been their friend group’s yearly getaway…

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6 Books On Being Happily Single

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The Unexpected Joy of Being Single by Catherine Gray Single in your late twenties or, hold the phone, in your thirties or beyond? Oh hi! You're in the right place. Over a third of us are now single. With the single camp growing at ten times the rate of the actual population, it is now the norm to be single…

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A Concise Chinese English Dictionary for Lovers

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I always find myself gravitating towards books written by women of color, particularly Asian women. They have no qualms about writing things plainly. When they talk about poverty, they lay it out for all to see. There are no pretensions, no shame. They have no trouble writing about taboo subjects. For instance, the shortcomings of their parents – the mothers…

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On the Prowl

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I am there at a friend’s invitation. (Never-mind where – it’s not remarkable enough to warrant a description). Well, that’s not strictly true. He and I are not on the same page about my friend zoning him. He thinks he’s chasing me but I’m over on the side sipping Martinis, watching him chase his tail. Besides the not-so-small problem of…

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